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    Izagaia's Avatar Her angel of darkness
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    ...DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW ?


    I can pretty much surmise that the "R" and "RW" stand for "writable once" and "re-writable" respectively.

    However the whole "-" or "+" deal throws me off somewhat.




    I have a DVD+R/RW drive currently installed into my system. Does this necessarily mean that I should make certain to purchase and use only blank DVD's of the "+" type for burning data in this drive?

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    Hello I'm not 100% but if your dvd burner only says dvd+ then you should probably only use that kind of disc, I find it a bit odd because normally most burners are dvd- and having a+ burner aswell is a bonus, mine is was only a 60 burner and it burns both, I dunno what the advantages are of using +media but it supposed to be slightly better you might find more info here http://www.dvdplusrw.org/ the draw back is that dvd+ is not compatable with every player so if you ever need to burn something for some1 its best to do it on a dvd-r, I use dvd+r beecause I can burn them and my player plays them but these discs don't work on my brothers and brother in laws players, another example I found at my cost was that playstation 2's don't play dvd+ discs

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    From the very little I've read recently, +R/RW is a little more reliable as you can set the 'book type' to DVD-ROM (rather than DVD+R/RW) which may fool some standalone players into believing it's actually a factory disc, whereas you can't do this with DVD-R/RW.
    if your font size is this small i'll add you to my ignore list because you're wasting my time, OK?

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    Thank-you. Both of you.


    I checked that site and found it very helpful. And it pretty much is like Smurfette says.

    A more reliable DVD medium in terms of write speeds and player compatibility than the "-" types. Overall, it is what is considered ideal for mass data storage. Great!



    When I purchased my new system, I thought that DVD drives were much the same as CD-ROM drives. Coming mainly in two flavors, "R" and "RW". However I was thrown aback when I was browsing for blank DVD disks and seeing that there were all these differing types. My DVD type is the "+" so that is what I purchased. Yet I can see that I can utilize both. But knowing that some players (and possibly some PC's) will reject the "-" type, why would I ever want to bother with anything other than "+" ?


    Thank-you, again.

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    i think its the same is cdr and rw, man yall getting me dizzy *walks over to bed to lay down*

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    @Izagaia sorry if you picked that up wrong but I was trying to say that the dvd-r discs are more compatible with the majority of players, if I was to burn something for some1 whos player I knew nothing about I would do it as dvd-r to be on the safe side.

    and np for the help.

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    its like gas and diesel.......

    you cant put gas in your diesel engine and visa versa....... it just wont work


    DVD- will work on most stand alone dvd players.......

    DVD+ has the advantage of being more expensive, but more reliable....

    it doesnt matter to much which you get, but best is a +/- burner.......

    its really time for the industry to go with one standard.......

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    so +r won work in ps2?

    im getting confused

    one said +r more reliable another said -r

    for old comps is -r more reliable? or is it +R?

    sometimes my discs(+r) work in my friends

    is -r more compatible with the older dvd-rom drives

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    Most players will read both +R and -R disks. If you have a player that won't read one type, I suggest the fault lies with the player not the type of disk; it is probably so old it needs replacing anyway.

    However, +R disks have a couple of small technical advantages, one being the ability to "bit set" the book type. If the software on the disk checks the media type this can be a way of fooling it, but the software writers are well aware of this and will probably use other methods to prevent copying anyway.

    The disadvantage of +R discs is that they are generally more expensive, although the price difference has shrunk dramatically in recent months.
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    I have no trouble getting dvd+r to work on my playstation 2. There are a bunch of different versions of the playstion 2 out. I have the V9 and its unmodded. Plus it even said on the box that it can read dvd+r/rw.

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